CAITLIN WOOD

Soprano

BIOGRAPHY

Alberta-born soprano Caitlin Wood earned impressive reviews as an “absolutely vibrant Susanna”, with “great comic flair” (Vancouver Classical Music) in her acclaimed debut as Susanna in Vancouver Opera Festival’s 2017 production of Marriage of Figaro. As the feisty Despina in Against the Grain’s A Little too Cozy in Toronto, Caitlin displayed “a remarkable voice endowed with impressive agility and range… a scene-stealer”

(OperaGoTo.com). As Giulietta in I Capuletti e Montecchi with Opera in Concert, Caitlin displayed “her beautiful legato in a soaring voice… with ornamentation that appears effortless” (Paula Citron).

 

Caitlin recently toured Ontario with Bicycle Opera Project, portraying a garment industry worker in their powerful a capella opera Sweat (Palmer/Chatterton). She begins her 2017 season in concert with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s “Under the Stars”, followed by the world premiere as Ava in Marie Clements/Brian Current’s new opera Missing, which tells the story of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, co-produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria. Caitlin is a guest soloist with Ottawa Choral Society in Finzi’s In Terra Pax, sharing the stage with baritone Russell Braun. Recent concert highlights include Carmina Burana with Okanagan Symphony and “Kisses on Broadway” with tenor Adam Fisher at Westben Arts Festival.

 

Operatic engagements in 2018 include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro in concert with Windsor Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Franz. Caitlin joins the cast in the world premiere of The Overcoat, with libretto by director Morris Panych and music by James Rolfe, a co-production of Tapestry Opera, Canadian Stage and Vancouver Opera.

 

Caitlin graduated from Opera School at University of Toronto, receiving the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera and is an alumnus of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program with Vancouver Opera, where she appeared as Frasquita in Carmen and Johanna in Sweeney Todd. Caitlin won the First Prize in the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg McLellan Competition in 2016.

2016 WOMEN'S MUSICAL CLUB OF WINNIPEG – MCLELLAN COMPETITION WINNER

2016 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ALBERTA ART AWARDS – EMERGING ARTIST AWARD

2016 IRCPA “SONDRA RADVANOVSKY ENCOUNTER” – MARY MORRISON SCHOLARSHIP

2016 OTTAWA CHORAL SOCIETY NEW DISCOVERIES – DISTINGUISHED MENTION

 

As Susanna in Marriage of Fiagro with Vancouver Opera  –

"The star of the evening was Caitlin Wood as Susanna, showing great comic flair and a flexible and attractive soubrette soprano, with a lower register that thrilled. The latter was most apparent in her moving rendition of ‘Deh vieni, non tardar’ in Act 4."

Harvey DeRoo, Vancouver Classical Music

 

SELECTED ROLES

Despina | A Little Too Cozy

Johanna | Sweeney Todd

Adele | Die Fledermaus

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Orff | Carmina Burana

Mozart | Requiem

Handel | Messiah

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DOCUMENTS

Updated Sep 2017

Caitlin Wood, Soprano

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

RESUME

Opera

2018

Susanna  (Le Nozze di Figaro)*

2017

Ava (Missing)

Worker #1 (Sweat)

Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro)

Clorinda (La Cenerentola)

2016

Giuletta  (I Capuleti e i Montecchi)

Despina (A Little Too Cozy)

2015

Despina (A Little Too Cozy)

Johanna (Sweeney Todd)

Lauretta (Le Docteur Miracle)

Adele (Die Fledermaus) †

2014

Frasquita (Carmen)

Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

2013

Flora (Turn of the Screw)

Lady Herriet Durham (Martha)

2012

Adina (L’elisir d’amore)

Marie (La fille du régiment)

Homeless Woman (Rob Ford: The Opera)

Tirésias (Les mamelles de Tirésias)

2011

Johanna (Sweeney Todd)

2010

Patience (Patience)

Nanetta (Falstaff)

2009

Despina  (Cosi fan tutte)

Mabel (Pirates of Penzance)

 

Mozart

 

Current

Palmer

Mozart

Rossini

 

Bellini

Ivany/Mozart

 

Ivany/Mozart

Sondheim

Bizet

Strauss

 

Bizet

Monteverdi

 

Britten

von Flotow

 

Donizetti

Donizetti

Albano

Poulenc

 

Sondheim

 

Gilbert & Sullivan

Verdi

 

Mozart

Gilbert & Sullivan

 

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

 

City Opera Vancouver/Pacific Opera Victoria

Bicycle Opera Project

Vancouver Opera

Edmonton Opera

 

Voicebox:Opera In Concert

Against the Grain Theatre

 

Against the Grain Theatre

Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera Young Artist Program

Vancouver Opera

 

Vancouver Opera

COSI, Italy

 

University of Toronto Opera

University of Toronto Opera

 

University of Toronto Opera

University of Toronto Opera

University of Toronto Opera

University of Toronto Opera

 

Dry Cold Productions

 

G&S Society of Winnipeg

Opera NUOVA

 

Opera NUOVA

G&S Society of Winnipeg

* In Concert
† Understudy

Oratorio & Concert

2017

Symphony under the Sky

In Terra Pax

2016

Carmina Burana

Messiah**

2014

Requiem

2010

Messiah

 

Various

Finzi

 

Orff

Handel

 

Mozart

 

Handel

 

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Ottawa Choral Society

 

Okanagan Symphony

Pax Christi Chorale

 

 Vancouver Bach Choir

 

University of Manitoba Singers

** Excerpts

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2015 | Opera for Theatre, Banff Centre for the Arts

2014–15 | Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program

2014 | Centre for Opera Studies in Italy

2013 | Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute

2012 | St. Andrews Opera Workshop

2011–13 | M.Music in Opera Performance, University of Toronto Faculty of Music

2009–10 | Opera NUOVA 6 Week Program

2006–10 | B. Music in Vocal Performance, University of Manitoba Faculty of Music

 

COMPETITIONS

2016 | Ottawa Choral Society “New Discoveries” – Distinguished Mention

2016 | IRCPA “Sondra Radvanovsky Encounter” – Mary Morrison Scholarship Winner

2016 | Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards – Emerging Artist Award

2016 | Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg McLellan Competition – First Place Winner

2016 | Vancouver Opera – Kurt Sickert Memorial Fund Scholarship

2015 | The Banff Centre – David Spencer Scholarship

2014 | Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Western Canada – Winner

2014 | Holbrook Opera – Travel Grant

2013 | Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Grant – Finalist

2013 | Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Four City District – Winner –

2012 | Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera

2012 | Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship

2011 | ARIAS Borowska All Past Presidents

2011 | ARIAS Scholarship of Excellence

2011 | ARIAS Zlemit Memorial Scholarship

2011 | Opera Scholarship Memory of Margo Sandor

2009 | Winona Lightcap Memorial Scholarship

2009 | Zita Bernstein Lieder Competition Winner

2008 | Erika Wicha Memorial Scholarship

2008 | Richard W. Cook Trophy

2007 | M.L Kuntzemueller Scholarship

2006 | Bedford Vocal Scholarship

VIDEO

Donizetti

Chacun le sait

La Fille du Régiment

Donizetti

Quel guardo, il cavaliere

Don Pasquale

Handel

Tornami a vagheggiar

Alcina

Rogers & Hammerstein

When I Marry Mister Snow

Carousel

Bernstein

Glitter and be Gay

Candide

REVIEWS

As Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with Vancouver Opera –

"The star of the evening was Caitlin Wood as Susanna, showing great comic flair and a flexible and attractive soubrette soprano, with a lower register that thrilled. The latter was most apparent in her moving rendition of ‘Deh vieni, non tardar’ in Act 4."

Harvey DeRoo, Vancouver Classical Music

 

"Wood is an absolutely vibrant Susannah, with a clear, sweet voice, just a touch of young sensuality, and enough girl-power attitude to keep her interesting."

Jessica Werb, The Georgia Straight

 

As Clorinda in La Cenerentola with Edmonton Opera –

"Caitlin Wood had more to sing, and used every opportunity to reinforce her character’s obtuse egotism with decibels galore and broad comedic gestures."

Bill Rankin, Opera Canada

 

As Giulietta in Bellini's Capuletti e Montecchi with Voicebox: Opera in Concert –

"Caitlin Wood as Giulietta was a wonderful surprise... This gave Wood the opportunity to show off her beautiful legato line in a soaring voice that was never shrill. She grows in strength in her upper register and her ornamentation appears effortless"

Paula Citron

 

As Despina in A Little To Cozy with Against the Grain Theatre –

"Soprano Caitlin Wood is Despina, A Little Too Cozy’s nimble, no-nonsense talent relations manager. This is a remarkable voice endowed with impressive agility and range... Wood turns in a performance of great appeal. Add her crisp coloratura and a scene-stealer is born."

Ian Ritchie, OperaGoTo.com

 

"Her voice covers an astounding range with an even, clean, well-produced tone and the timbre is just perfect for coloratura fireworks. I want to hear her Lucia. I was excited from the get-go to see her do this role, but she exceeded any possible expectations I had ever had."

Greg Finney, Schmopera.com

 

"...Caitlin Wood’s Despina, the TV handler of the two women contestants, almost stole the show. Wood was as fine an actress as she was a singer, and who made of her Despina an extremely full characterization.”

Robert Harris, The Globe & Mail

 

As Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera –

“Among the standouts, as Johanna, soprano Caitlin Wood suitably, sings like a bird”

Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight

 

“Caitlin Wood, an alumna of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, was charming in the ingenue role of Todd’s daughter. ”

David Gordon Duke, The Vancouver Sun

 

“Rocco Rupolo and Caitlin Wood impressed as the young romantic couple, their full lyric voices only occasionally overwhelming their clichéd storyline. ”

Kevin W Ng, Bachtrack.com

 

As Frasquita in Carmen with Vancouver Opera –

Frasquita (Caitlin Wood)... was colourfully and adroitly filled”

Robert Jordan, Opera Canada

 

“Caitlin Wood was excellent as Frasquita, singing with great verve and stage presence”

Harvey de Roo, Vancouver Classical Music

 

As Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Dry Cold Productions –

“But by then I'd already been sucked in, and I wasn't leaving the theatre until I knew exactly how it all ended. (Besides which, Cait Wood's gorgeous voice gave me chills).”

Chandra Mayor, CBC Manitoba Scene

 

As Patience in Patience with the G&S Society of Winnipeg –

“Alberta-born soprano Wood makes this production sing. Her coquettish portrayal of the title role brims with fresh youthfulness and a coloratura voice that sparkles like a jewel. Wood is a fine actress as well, possessing both a knack for characterization as well as a natural gift for spontaneity with her fellow actors. Her classic Act 2 aria ‘Love is a Plaintive Song’ was a standout.”

Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press

 

Opera NOUVA Vocal Arts Festival –

“Anyone who heard Cait Wood sing at Bellerose High’s past musicals Les Miserables and West Side Story were sure she’d reach stellar heights... Artistic director Kim Mattice Wanat said Wood was accepted into the auditioned program for various reasons. She has very proficient technical skills. What separated Cait from the others was that she was really committed to artistic expression. You feel the heart in her aria instead of just responding to the beauty of the voice.”-

Anna Morowiecki, St. Albert Gazette

 

As Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with the G&S Society of Winnipeg –

“While everyone in the cast did a terrific job, putting their full efforts into their parts, some of the major players were especially strong. The biggest surprise was powerful little Cait Wood as Mabel, whose standout soprano voice has a carrying ability and vibrato quality not unlike Winnipeg's own Tracy Dahl. She literally bubbles over throughout her part, exuding enthusiasm, love and appropriate girlish glee -- but that voice is something else.”

Gwenda Nemrofsky, Winnipeg Free Press